Barbie: A Fashion Fairy Tale
"Join Barbie™ in a colorful, modern-day fairytale filled with fashion, friends and fun! Barbie™ and her dog, Sequin™, jet off to visit her aunt’s amazing fashion house in Paris, and much to her surprise it’s about to be shut down forever. After she discovers three enchanting Flairies™ with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie™ comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business. She even inspires Alice, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling runway fashion show. Barbie™ shows that magic happens when you believe in yourself."
Feature the voice talents of: Kelly Sheridan and.... to be added later.
Yes, what can I tell you but it's another Barbie movie set to be released on DVD September 14, 2010. This could be the reason for the surprising lack of information online I can discover about the details of this film. Sure Barbie.com has a great site informing me of the story line and characters etc... but nowhere can I discover who actually stars in this movie behind the characters. I can only assume that Kelly Sheridan continues to be the speaking voice for Barbie as she has filled that role since 2001.
My kids loved this movie. It could only be due to the fabulous colours, adorable Flairies and animals, upbeat music and of course, an over abundance of sparkle. The storyline was well done, simple and easy to follow, a tad bit predictable but still a good watch. The fact that the kids asked to watch this movie 3 times over the weekend, including my son I might add, is enough to prove to me that this was a good story.
I loved that the so called bad people in this film weren't really that bad after all, they actually had the graciousness to recognize the error of their ways and apologize for their behaviour at the end. Off the top of my head, I can't recall a single Barbie movie where the villain of the piece apologize and reconciled with the main character. I think that's a great message being delivered right there!
Along with the apology comes the standard message of believing in oneself and trying your best and just being you no matter what people think. Let's face it we can tell them this ourselves but really it helps having a cool icon reaffirming it. I was able to remind her of this message when she told me someone made fun of her hairstyle at school. Did she like? Yes. Then that's all that matters.
Of course, if you're a cynical kid (or a cynical mom)that message might only seem to ring true if you were wealthy and lived the Hollywood lifestyle that Barbie does. Fortunately, it goes right over my oldest daughter's head that it requires a lot of money to jet set off to Paris, France at the drop of a hat.
This movie is rated G and I think that's an apt rating. I will mention two things that might concern very careful parents. One is that in the opening scene Barbie plays herself starring in a play when these peas come into the scene dressed like zombies singing a song. It's pretty mild graphically but if you're opposed to Halloween or Zombies whatsoever then I'd skip the first five minutes.
The second scene is near the end where Barbie and Ken kiss. That doesn't bother me because we have stressed to our children that they won't be dating until they are much older etc. but again some parents might have an issue with this.